Power 5 Again

December 19, 2014

The topic of the top 5 conferences keeps coming up.  The sole goal of these 5 power conferences, it seems, is to win games no matter what the cost to education.  The University of North Carolina in the years 1993-2011 had 48% of their athletes placed in classes where no attendance was required.  These were...

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Big Ten Football and Concussions

December 18, 2014

Next year all Big Ten Conference games will have an independent trainer seated in the press box.  This trainer will have a complete monitor system to observe each athlete who may take a hard hit while playing the game.  They will also be in direct contact with the officials on the field.   After any suspicious...

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Indiana High School Basketball Players

December 17, 2014

Why are Indiana’s best leaving the state to play elsewhere?  In the last 3 years, Indiana players have helped Kentucky, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio State, and Michigan State reach the NCAA playoffs.  In some cases, they are taking them all the way to the Final Four.  Illinois has just signed Indiana’s best, so they have...

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Boy/Girl High School Double Headers

December 16, 2014

By the end of this week, Batesville will have played their second boy/girl double header in basketball.  If you are not familiar with this concept, the girls varsity plays their game at 6 p.m. followed by the boys varsity game.  The reserve teams play their games simultaneously at Batesville Primary School.  The boys and...

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Football–Heisman & Playoffs

December 15, 2014

This past week both the Heisman Trophy winner and the 4 playoff teams were announced.  Marcus Mariota of Oregon is this year’s Heisman Trophy winner!  He was a runaway choice, and I have no complaints against this.  Marcus’ record at Oregon was almost spotless this year, and he has led his team to one...

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2015 Hall of Fame Class

December 12, 2014

The Ripley County Hall of Fame Committee has approved the following group of 7 for the 2015 Hall of Fame Class.  This 15th edition of the Hall of Fame induction will include the following candidates.  There are two ladies in this class.  Lisa Bradshaw was a player for Jac-Cen-Del High School, and Dee Ann...

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Coach vs. Fan

December 11, 2014

When a retired coach watches a ball game, he does not see it the same as an ordinary fan.  Once you have coached, you always find yourself analyzing what is happening on the court or field.  A 13-7 half time lead in football would normally relate different to the fan than to an ex-coach.  From...

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Ben Utecht

December 10, 2014

Ben Utecht retired from the Cincinnati Bengals a couple years ago.  He was a member of the 2006 Super Bowl Indianapolis Colts.  The Colts released him in 2009 because of the concussions he suffered while playing for them.  The Bengals gave him a try, but it didn’t work out. The 35-year old has 3 daughters and...

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Steve Hendrix

December 9, 2014

Most of you probably don’t know Steve Hendrix who is the head boys’ basketball coach at Lebanon High School in Lebanon, Indiana.  This medical miracle is still coaching despite having a severe heart attack in September. When he went to the hospital, they found two arteries that were 100% blocked and two others that...

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How Vain

December 8, 2014

Recently I read an article about Gene Keady and his famous hair piece.  It was reported that Gene spent $600 a week for his famous comb over.  Not only did he have this comb over hair piece, he also added hair extensions to cover more of his baldness. If the hair piece alone wasn’t...

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JENNINGS COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY Achieving Net-Zero energy goal Jennings County Public Library is located on North State Road 3 in North Vernon, IN.  The library is open from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Monday thru Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays.  Closed Sunday. To follow the library’s progress and monitoring of the solar panels, visit our website: The Jennings County Public Library is proud to announce it will soon become the largest net-zero energy use public library in Indiana. It is anticipated that the facility will produce energy greater than or equal than that it consumes. The library’s 33,000 square foot facility has made energy improvements in lighting, HVAC, Insulation and rooftop Solar and Solar Tracking Solutions that are helping contribute to the net-zero energy goals. “This project combines an effort to both innovate and think critically about the impact that science can have on the world.  Our net-zero goal is a way to reduce our global footprint and improve our community,” said Steve Massey, President of the Jennings County Public Library Board.  “Net-zero is a process – and an opportunity for the public to learn with us.” Solar Power[...]
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4-H Online Enrollment Deadline @ Online
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The 4-H enrollment deadline is 3 months early this year and enrollment is expected to be completed online which means big change for our members!! The 4-H Enrollment deadline is January 15, 2015.
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Classic Violinist and Singer Per... @ Adams Lutheran Church
Dec 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Jean Watson, a classically trained singer and violinist, will be performing and bringing her message to Adams Lutheran Church on December 21st at their 10:00 am worship service.

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